in spain, italy, and great britain. ashley: corporate earnings, signs of weakness in the last earnings season. concernedded about that? >> i think that it's cyclical. i think there's been little signs. i think we have to get employment together in the united states. housing is starting to come back. we're -- slowly, but in the north east in particular, there's more demand, and there's less housing inventory, but in the rest of the country, we have to wait and see on that. employment is really, really the key thing, and so what comes out of all the negotiations and how we employee people, infrastructure, and all of that makes a difference. ashley: companies hunkering down, a lot of cash, but not doing in until washington gets the act together. >> means technology, for example, could be a big sector. if companies get signals from washington and go out and invest into hiring people, putting technology online, it could be great, but we're just waiting and waiting and waiting, which is why it's a cliff hanger. ashley: cliff hanger, i'm tired of saying "fiscal cliff. i'll use "cliff hanger."